Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
In furtherance of SJC Rule 6.1, Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services annually presents the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools or other institutions in the legal profession that demonstrate outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. The awards are presented in a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse.
2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
On October 23, 2013, the SJC Standing Committee presented the below law firm and attorneys with awards:
Carolyn Scott-Howe, Chicopee, MA: For her tireless efforts on behalf of the Massachusetts Justice Project in the Hampden County Probate and Family Court, overseeing and supervising its uncontested divorce project and representing low income litigants in their divorces;
Michele Garvin, Ropes & Gray, Boston: For her leadership of and outstanding pro bono service to Ropes & Gray's Medical-Legal Partnerships, both at the legal clinic at the Dorchester House Multi-Services Center and the legal clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute;
Victoria Rothbaum, Lexington, and the law firm of Verrill Dana LLP, Boston, along with its attorneys Regina Hurley and Robin Murphy: For their ground-breaking work in creating, supporting and running the Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteer project to conciliate family law cases for impoverished and unrepresented litigants in the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court;
With a special award presented to a recent law school graduate:
Benjamin Jones, 2013 Graduate, New England Law|Boston: For his tremendous dedication to pro bono work while a student in law school, including his leadership and management of the CORI Initiative which assists indigent persons in sealing old criminal records.
Media Advisory: SJC to Present Adams Awards to Attorneys, Law Firm for Pro Bono Work
Press Release: Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services Seeks Nominations for 2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
Awards Notice Seeking Nominations
Please note that eligibility for the awards was expanded last year to include law schools and law students, including those law students who are graduating in 2013. Also, nominations submitted in 2012 remain active for consideration in the 2013 awards program provided that the nominating party submits a letter restating the intent to nominate the candidate and updating the narrative with any relevant information. The awards are in conjunction with National Pro Bono Week, as designated by the American Bar Association.